March 28, 2014
How to Get Scholarship For Your University Studies?
When having chats with students, we will always come across this question: “So got scholarship or not?” It’s pretty common because tertiary education will cost a bomb and burned pockets with dragon fire. Is financial aid so hard to obtain? Here is a step-by-step guide on securing financial aid for your uni studies.
1) Finding programmes that interest you
A lot of students come in with their SPM/O-Level result with large question marks hanging over their heads? “I have no idea what I should be studying.” Once again, you are not alone.
Often, our first question to students is “What are you interested in?” We try to gauge the strength and passion of students. Things like Wwhat do you enjoy most during your school days? What would you like to be in the future? A lot of student just laugh when asked: “What is your ambition?” Trust me, it’s a valid question and we have been writing essays concerning that topic since we are in primary school.
In short, try pick a career path to pursue. There are financial aids that are offered by corporations that focused on speciality. Scholarships like Genting Sanyen and Samling Scholarships preferred students which are interested in engineering, IT or Arts discipline.
2) Visit Online Portals
We have always encourage students to utilise the power of Google (and other search engines) when it comes to finding scholarships and loans. A horde of scholarship websites and portal can be found on the web. Websites such as Malaysiascholarships.my, Malaysia-scholarship.net and StudyMalaysia.com are great places to start with.
Tertiary education will introduce you to the world of research and you can start practicing with scholarships. From the previous step, you will find out that there are SO MANY choices available. Which one to go for? Filter them out. Who are they for? Is it for undergraduate or postgraduate? What results are they looking for?
4) Terms and Conditions Apply
Ahh. That term after every ads. Yes, make sure that all terms and condition for financial aid are understood. Will you be bonded to the company? When will you need to start paying back?
5) College and University Offers
Most of the time, colleges and universities offer their own funding to student. If you explore around their websites, you will find the “Scholarship and Funding” tab which will let you to the partial scholarships, funding and award available. If you are studying abroad, most international universities have special offers for international students. Hence, check the international websites to get to know more about funding available.
Once again, research on the requirements and qualifications.
6) Why should I give it to you?
Here is the part where you need to be a stand-out candidate to get the scholarships. Most funding are competitive. Therefore, putting together a rocking CV highlighting your achievements and results are great advice. Showcase yourself. Market yourself.
7) Ask (tons of) Questions
Always inquire. If it comes to interviews, the Q&A session goes both ways. Throw back questions to interviewers. It is not a one-way communication session. Remember step 4. All scholarships’ terms and conditions need clarifications if you don’t understand them.
8) Choices, choices.
Sometimes, you might have lots of choices to choose from. Cliche: Choose what’s best for you. See what suits your needs the best, and not just the present but the future as well. Ask questions like: Do you want to be bonded to the company for the next five years after graduation? Pros and cons? Evaluate them.
9) This Is My Last Resort
Papa Roach sings it best. If they are fewer options left, go for loans. PTPTN is the most common one. To be fair, the offer’s attractive with only 1% interest. However, don’t get too hasty when applying. Think about how you are going to pay after graduation.
10) Don’t Give Up
Ok, you might be under qualified to obtain a scholarship now. However, should you perform well throughout your uni studies, you might get awarded! Make this as your motivation.
Also, some corporations prefer to award students during (NOT before starting) studies. They wait and evaluate your progress. So, bottom line: Don’t give up!
via Easyuni.com via Malaysiakini